The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has approved Vietnam’s mobile operators to reduce their tariffs by up to 15%, local news source VietNamNet Bridge reports. Earlier this month, the country’s three largest cellcos by subscribers – Viettel, MobiFone and Vinaphone – submitted a proposal to reduce charges by up to 20%, which would cause the average cost of a call to fall from VND1,200 (USD0.06) to VND960 per minute. The report adds that the MIC and Ministry of Finance will issue a directive on defining provider costs later this year. At present, production costs for telecoms services are based on reports issued by the country’s mobile operators.
In a separate story, VietNamNews reports that Saigon Post and Telecommunications (SPT) has launched an IPTV service in cooperation with Digital Communication, a wholly owned division of Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC). The new service offers 86 local and international channels, including 15 in high-definition (HD), as well as video on demand (VoD), music and the recording and replay of television programmes.